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Rallye Deutschland: Citroen leg one JWRC notes

Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Kris Meeke/Glenn Patterson can be satisfied with the way they handled the first leg of the German round of the FIA JWRC. They won today's six special stages and set five one-two finishes out of the six possible ! Tonight...

Dani Sordo/Marc Marti and Kris Meeke/Glenn Patterson can be satisfied with the way they handled the first leg of the German round of the FIA JWRC. They won today's six special stages and set five one-two finishes out of the six possible ! Tonight Dani and Kris lie first and second respectively having succeeded in keeping Guy Wilks and PG Andersson - their mains rivals in the championship - at bay.

However Dani was feeling unwell this morning (flu), he still set four fastest times. The Junior's competition leader and Carlos Sainz' protege was however satisfied : "I feel better. It was a tricky day. Because of yesterday's heavy rain, the inside of the corners were very muddy and after the WRCs passage, this mud had been brought back in the middle of the road. In these conditions and with a two-wheel-drive car, we really had to be careful. We experienced a puncture at the very end of stage 5 but we didn't lose time. As everybody I guess, we also noticed some small brake problems, but we have a fantastic car with an easy handling and a great engine."

"I was very careful in the first two stages because of the mud", explained Kris Meeke. "But then, I felt more confident and in the end it was a very good day. I've enjoyed driving the C2 and for my debuts here, I think it's not too bad. It's also looking good for the team and I hope we will continue like this tomorrow."

"For the time being it's the result we were hoping for" explained engineer Alexis Avril. The performance and the drivability of the car are where we wanted them to be. Our drivers have experienced some small brake problems, and I think it's coming from the special stages profile in the vineyards, which alternate between high speed sections and hard braking for the hairpins. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's speed tests which are different. I hope we will also be performing there."

For Yves Matton, the customer programme's manager, "the very good pace that both drivers took from the very first stages allowed them to pull out a gap over their chasers and then to drive at a safe speed in second loop this afternoon. This cushion should help them to manage from in front tomorrow. Of course the target is to have both cars at the finish and if possible in the top two positions."

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Series WRC
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Guy Wilks , Kris Meeke , Glenn Patterson , Marc Marti , Yves Matton
Teams Citroën World Rally Team